Is your heating bill higher than you would like it? Here are a few tips to keeping your temperature up in your house and your bill down.
Keeping warm during the winter months is obviously a must, and you may get lucky years as this one where the average temperature is warmer than usual. However, the lack of snow also creates a problem because the snow layer on your roof adds another layer of insulation - since we have no snow this year we are missing that layer of insulation.
1. After you are done using the oven, leave the door open to disperse the warm air throughout the kitchen. Be aware of children climbing on the warm oven door.
2. Ceiling fans - you may not believe it but ceiling fans can actually help pull the warm air from up high and force it down. (Warm air rises due to the molecules moving faster, they then become less dense and rise to the top.)
3. A tube of caulk can make a world of difference, and you can pick it up on your way home from work. The $5-10 you will spend will easily be worth it if you have some windows or doors that need to be resealed. Don't WAIT!
4. Change filters - take the time to go through and change your filters in your home. Not only will this improve the efficiency of your furnace but it will also improve the air quality inside your home. No one likes dusting, so this will help mitigate that.
5. Dress up your duct systems, ensure that your ducting has the proper insulation. You can lose massive amounts of heat through heat transfer in your metal ducts running through your attic.
6. Get a programmable thermostat that will alter the temperature during the day when no one is home, and at night when you are all bundled up. A few degrees can make a huge difference on your heating bill. Take note: altering the temperature too much can have an adverse result to your heating bill, sometimes it takes more energy to get your house up to temperature than to just maintain a decent temperature. However, small temperature swings are suggested.
7. Insulate - insulate - insulate! If you think you have insulated enough already, you are wrong! Insulation is similar to your own winter coat, hat, gloves, and pants. It keeps the warm air in, and the cold air out!
8. Use curtains wisely - open them during the day for the free solar heating and close them up at night. Who doesn't love some good sun shining in their windows during the winter anyhow?
9. Electric blanket or heater - if you are usually at home working in the office or stationary for long periods of time in a room. Get an electric blanket or space heater to warm only the area needed - this will help to reduce the overall heating bill.
10. Minimize the use of exhaust fans - they are on the ceiling where your heat is, so they pull all that heat and throw it outside. You are not going to be able to warm the great outdoors.